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IDC: All-Flash Storage Array Sales Soar In First Quarter, Enterprise Storage Sales Stumble Badly

Only one enterprise storage array vendor showed growth in the first quarter, but when it came to all-flash storage arrays, all the big vendors showed strong growth, according to market researcher IDC.

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Total Storage Spending Continues To Dive

IDC reported that total enterprise storage systems sales reached $8.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016, down 7 percent from the $8.8 billion the analyst firm reported in the first quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, the total worldwide external storage systems market fell 3.6 percent year over year, to $5.4 billion, from last year's $5.6 billion.

The drops stemmed in part from a year-over-year drop in total capacity shipments of 4 percent, to 27.8 exabytes.

Storage sales tied to server-based storage rose 2 percent in the first quarter from last year's same quarter, but that was not enough to offset a 3.7 drop in total external storage sales led by a huge, nearly 40 percent dive in sales of ODM direct storage, where the focus is on hyper-scale data centers.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise was the big winner of the first quarter. It was the only major vendor to show positive growth in the quarter, letting the company take over the No. 1 position from perennial winner EMC.

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